Mar­tine Cas­sar ap­pointed as new Com­mis­sioner for Refugees

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Dr Mar­tine Cas­sar has been ap­pointed as the new Com­mis­sioner for Refugees by Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Muscat, in con­sul­ta­tion with Min­is­ter for Home Af­fairs and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Carmelo Abela.

She suc­ceeded Mario Guido Frig­gieri, who was the sec­ond Mal­tese Refugee Com­mis­sioner since 2007. Dr Cas­sar will be the third Mal­tese Refugee Com­mis­sioner, and the first woman to be ful­fill­ing this role since this Of­fice was set up in 2002.

Prior to her ap­point­ment, Dr Cas­sar headed the of­fice of an in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion based in Malta for over two years. She grad­u­ated as a lawyer from the Univer­sity of Malta in 2008, and spe­cialised in In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Law and Hu­man Rights at the Academie De Droit In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­taire et de Droits Hu­mains in Geneva.

For over the past five years, she has been ac­tive in the field of mi­gra­tion, refugee law, and counter traf­fick­ing.

Dr Cas­sar looks for­ward to tak­ing on this re­spon­si­bil­ity to fur­ther en­sure a to­tally in­de­pen­dent, fair, ef­fi­cient and swift el­i­gi­bil­ity de­ter­mi­na­tion process while, at the same time, guar­an­tee­ing the best quality pos­si­ble re­gard­ing the hear­ing, anal­y­sis and de­ter­mi­na­tion of ap­pli­ca­tions for in­ter­na­tional pro­tec­tion.

The Of­fice of the Refugee Com­mis­sioner, headed by the Refugee Com­mis­sioner, is re­spon­si­ble for re­ceiv­ing the pro­cesses and de­ter­min­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for in­ter­na­tional pro­tec­tion in Malta as stip­u­lated by the Refugees Act.

It will also be pro­vid­ing sup­port where nec­es­sary in the up­com­ing EU Pres­i­dency, which will be hosted by Malta and which will start in Jan­uary 2017.

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